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Governor Mapp Taps Averil George To Head Up V.I. Department of Labor

CHARLOTTE AMALIE –– Governor Kenneth Mapp has formally nominated Averil George as Commissioner of the Virgin Islands Department of Labor.

George has served as Acting Commissioner since her appointment on June 25.

Governor Mapp said that George has been a great asset to his leadership team thus far, having exemplified hard work and dedication and accomplished much success during her time as the Assistant Director of the Division of Personnel.

“It is my pleasure to ask the advice and consent of the 32nd Legislature on the nomination of Ms. George,” Mapp wrote in a nomination letter to Senate President Myron Jackson. “Your prompt and favorable confirmation will enhance the Department of Labor’s ability to meet its demanding mandates and continued service to the people of the U.S. Virgin Islands.”

George said her priorities would include workforce training to fill positions that are available in the community.

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John McCarthy

John McCarthy

John McCarthy is primarily known for his investigative reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands. A series of reports beginning in the 1990's revealed that there was everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling. Another report, following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, cited a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confidential overview that said that over 40 percent of the U.S. Virgin Islands public lives below the poverty line. The Virgin Islands Free Press is the only Caribbean news source to regularly incorporate the findings of U.S. Freedom of Information Act requests. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is the former news director of WSVI-TV Channel 8 on St. Croix.

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